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2/20/05

Bomb Threat Aboard Southwest Plane

A bomb threat halted the takeoff of a Southwest Airlines plane that was headed to Dallas Sunday evening.

Southwest flight 175 was set to take off at 4:50 p.m. Passengers say they boarded their plane, but as they began pulling away from the terminal, the plane stopped. Passengers were told to collect all their items and deboard the plane because there had been some kind of security breach.

"The captain of the plane came back to tell us there was a bomb threat," said passenger Kim Zinser.

"They'd received a call at their call center in Dallas specifically identifying a flight and warning that if that flight took off there could be casualties," stated LT. Roy Basset.

Basset, Public Information Officer with the Lubbock Police Department, says bomb dogs were then used to search through the baggage and the plane.

"There were no alerts by the dogs. Does not appear to be anything at this time that would raise suspicion on the plane or any of the baggage," said Bassett.

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Everyone on the flight had to be re-screened before they were able to board another plane to Dallas. Aviation Director James Loomis, says everything is back to normal at the airport and flights are on schedule.

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